2 days before her tenth wedding anniversary in 2012, Sally was diagnosed with stage 3 nasopharyngeal carcinoma after discovering a lump in her neck. She underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy but as a side-effect, ulcers formed in her mouth and throat, which made eating unbearable. 

Over the next 2 months, Sally gradually lost 12kg. Although she has recovered from this ordeal and is now cancer-free, this experience taught Sally to never take anything in life for granted. Before her cancer diagnosis, Sally was a workaholic and spent much of her time establishing her reputation as an art consultant in hospitality design. She prioritised her work over her loved ones. Cancer helped her to shift her focus and see what truly mattered in life.

After her cancer diagnosis, Sally experienced an outpouring of love and encouragement from her family, especially her husband Raemond, who was her main caregiver. Her illness also allowed her to grow closer to her mother and brother, breaking the invisible barrier which once prevented them from communicating lovingly. Reflecting upon the past, Sally affirms, “no amount of money can ever buy relationships like these."

She continues to embrace a never-give-up attitude and wants to be an inspiration to others. Sally signed up as an SCS Charity Athlete in 2015 to run for the cancer cause. She also rallied support from her family and friends to raise awareness about cancer. To those battling cancer, she declares, “never give up, because when there’s hope, you have already won half the battle. A cancer diagnosis is not the end of the world.”

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